A stretch of McConnell Street in Mattawa is now known as Mel Edwards Way.
An honourary street sign in recognition of the former businessman, councillor and mayor was unveiled at a ceremony Friday morning.
“It is with a humble heart that we the Edwards family will be witness to such a wonderful dedication to our father’s commitment to Mattawa. He loved his town and its people” said Caren Gagne, daughter of Mel.
Mel and Carole Edwards moved to Mattawa to open M.O. Edwards Funeral Home and later Edwards Flower Shop in 1960.
In May of 1972 they purchased The Mattawa Recorder.
Mel began his twelve-year career in municipal politics in June of 1973.
He remained an elected member of council until 1977 when, as deputy Mayor at that time he assumed the office of Mayor upon the death of Mayor S.F. Monestime.
From 1978-1982, Edwards held the office of Mayor through two consecutive elections before finishing second in the 1982 election.
He won the Mayor’s chair again in 1985 until his death on May 14, 1987.
“The Town of Mattawa is honoured to recognize Mr. Edwards’ contribution to the municipality as a political figure but more importantly as a great family man who along with his wife touched and cared for many families during the toughest of times,” says Mayor Dean Backer. “Their dedication, compassion and professionalism will forever be remembered by the people of Mattawa.”
Two of the family businesses still operate today.